Steelers-Titans game will use Skycam a lot
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — NBC will use a Skycam as its primary camera during the preseason game Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans.
The network received plenty of critical reviews the last time it tried this for a Thursday night game between the Steelers and Titans.
“Sunday Night Football” executive producer Fred Gaudelli is willing to try again after refining some things.
The camera will be approximately 50 feet above the ground and perpendicular to the line of scrimmage. Skycams are normally 22 feet above the ground and positioned behind the offense or defense.
Gaudelli said the new angle was first used for Notre Dame’s spring game and he hopes that the new view gets better feedback.
FRISCO, Texas — When the Dallas Cowboys announced a contract extension for Jaylon Smith, it was first a celebration of the linebacker’s journey from a career-threatening knee injury in college to one of the NFL’s richest contracts at his position.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the focus to turn to holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott, or the question of deals for quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper with each entering the final year of his rookie contract.
“There is less pie left,” owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday. “Make no bones about it. There is less pie.”
Smith and the Cowboys agreed on a $64 million, five-year extension with $33.5 million guaranteed for the 2016 second-round pick. The average annual value of $12.8 million on the extension is among the top five for inside linebackers.
The 24-year-old essentially lost a year on his rookie contract because Smith spent his rookie season on the non-football injury list after the devastating left knee injury in his final game at Notre Dame, where was an All-American in 2015.
Smith started all 16 games for the Cowboys last season, when he was second on the team in tackles (150) and tackles for loss (five). He played in all 16 games, with six starts, when he made his NFL debut in 2017.
Green Bay Packers
HOBART, Wis. — Green Bay Packers wide receiver J’Mon Moore has been cited for driving too fast for conditions after he lost control of his car in heavy rainfall and collided with a pickup truck.
A police report says Moore was driving in the village of Hobart on Friday when his Mercedes Benz spun out and crossed the grass median on State Highway 29, colliding with the oncoming truck.
The 24-year-old Moore wasn’t hurt. He posted a video of his damaged car on Instagram and told the Green Bay Press-Gazette the crash was “pretty bad” and scary.
The truck’s driver was taken to a hospital and plans to meet with a doctor to determine the extent of his injuries.
It’s Moore’s second year with the Packers. He is looking to stay with the team in a crowded field of wide receivers.
MIAMI — Miami Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant is 5-foot-6, which means that under his new contract, he could be worth nearly $364,000 per inch.
Grant signed a four-year extension Wednesday for up to $24 million through the 2023 season.
One of the NFL’s smallest and fastest players, Grant has three career touchdowns on returns, which ties the franchise record. He has only 34 career receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns, but is expected to play a significant role in first-year coach Brian Flores’ offense this season.
Grant missed the final six games last year with an injury that required surgery but has fully recovered. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent in March.
DETROIT — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that defensive tackle Damon Harrison and the Detroit Lions have agreed to an $11 million, one-year extension, giving him three years left under contract with the franchise.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.
The Lions acquired Harrison from the New York Giants in the middle of last season for a draft pick. Harrison, who turns 31 in November, was a 2016 All-Pro selection.
Harrison is entering his eighth season. He’s started 16 games in six straight seasons while playing for the Jets, Giants and Lions.